Josh Beckett to visit nerve specialist, contemplating retirement
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett still has no feeling in his pitching hand and is scheduled to see a nerve specialist in Dallas on Monday.
According to the LA Times, Beckett has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a strained groin. While the groin is fully healed, Beckett has experienced various degrees of numbness the last four or five weeks.
Beckett is 0-5 with a 5.91 ERA this season, but is striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings, above his career average of 8.3, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Beckett’s concern and frustration is at the point where the thought of retirement has crossed his mind.
“Any time something like that happens to your arm or you start losing feeling and stuff . . . you think about [retirement] for sure. “I don’t really want to think like that right now. I want to think about figuring out a way to deal with this,” Beckett told the LA Times.
Beckett, a former World Series winner, hasn’t been the most likeable guy since the fried chicken and beer debacle in 2011 with the Boston Red Sox, but you never like to see a player’s career cut short due to injury.
Hopefully the doctors will be able to determine what’s causing the numbness and Beckett can begin to make his return to the mound.